Let this New Year be your time to quit tobacco.

Posted by Tara Beck, RN, Health Navigator, Ridgeview Westonka Clinic on Dec 26, 2018 1:30:00 PM

467209305-1Have you been thinking about quitting smoking or chewing tobacco? Maybe you have thought of making this your New Year’s Resolution?

Starting a new year with new goals can be exciting. 

Finding new ways to help yourself quit tobacco can be a good start. We realize that quitting for good takes patience, time, and practice. Many people try more than once. 

Tips for quitting tobacco:

  • Pick a quit date. Starting the New Year tobacco free is a great idea
  • List the reasons to quit tobacco
  • Figure out what triggers make you want to smoke/chew so you can avoid them, especially during the early days of quitting
  • Let loved ones know you’re quitting so they can support you

Benefits of quitting tobacco:

  • 20 minutes after quitting, your blood pressure improves and the temperature of your hands and feet goes back to normal.
  • Twelve hours after quitting, the carbon monoxide level in your body drops to normal.
  • Two weeks to three months after quitting, blood circulation improves and your lung function increases up to 30 percent.
  • One year after quitting, the risk of heart disease may be half of a smoker.
  • Five to fifteen years after quitting, your stroke risk is close to a non-smoker.

If that isn’t enough..

  • You will be less likely to get sick.
  • Your skin will look healthier.
  • Your food will taste better.
  • You will be able to smell food, flowers, and other things better.

And there are many more benefits.

Ridgeview offers:

  • Individual, face to face counseling, with a personalized quit plan with ongoing follow up and support (This is a free service for our Ridgeview patients).
  • Information about medications that can help you quit
  • Nicotine replacement therapy
  • Carbon monoxide screening
  • Lung cancer screening

If you are interested in learning more, contact your Ridgeview primary care provider.

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Medical and health information presented here is intended to be general in nature, and should not be viewed as a substitute for professional advice. Please consult with a health care professional for all matters relating to personal medical and health care issues. In case of an emergency, please call 911. 

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